Mentor Tutor Connection fosters college aspirations in students

Courtesy of Mentor Tutor Connection
Mentor Tutor Connection’s Elizabeth Maciag, a tutor at Santa Rita School, receives a group hug from second-graders she tutored last year.

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2017 update: In an effort to strengthen its relationship with the local middle schools it serves, MTC hired Christy Flahavan as its first middle school coordinator. On the job since August, she has “done a great job” infusing more energy into the tutoring programs at the four schools, according to Linda Eckols, MTC board member, programs chairwoman and elementary placement coordinator.

At the high schools, MTC is broadening its approach to mentoring, Eckols said, while also trying to ensure that every student and mentor “is a good match that’s successful for the duration of high school.”

To help keep them connected, MTC organizes an annual field trip; this year’s event was a cooking class in March that proved popular with mentors and mentees, Eckols said.

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Donations fund programs and pay MTC’s six part-time staffers. Eckols said the money is “extremely important” to the organization, which operates on a modest budget and has low overhead.


Mentor Tutor Connection

Location: Public schools in Los Altos and Mountain View

Founded: In 1996, as Partners for New Generations

Annual budget: $190,000

Staff: 6 part-time employees; 200 volunteers


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